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Adventure in Vietnam!

Dive deep into Vietnam’s vivid display of diverse natural beauty and cultural delights on this two-week, small group, multisport adventure. From lowland tropical rainforests to white-sand beaches, journey with our expert guides as you discover the wonders of Southeast Asia on this all-inclusive Vietnam vacation package. Hike and bike your way through rice-terraced plains, dripping jungles, and charming villages where you’re welcomed to dine with a local family. Whether you’re exploring the Forbidden Purple City or kayaking the island-speckled waters of UNESCO-designated Ha Long Bay, relax and soak in the enchantment of Vietnam; as the leading providers of best-in-class travel from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi, we’ve handled every last detail of this carefully-crafted itinerary. Throughout this trip-of-a-lifetime, enjoy the best in regional accommodations and Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service, which invites you to kick back and awaken your senses to the exotic flavors of Vietnam. Of course you have plenty of opportunity to sample some of Vietnam’s tastiest dishes, including pho bo, nom, banh goi, and banh cuon!

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Safari / Wildlife
  • Small Ship
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Easy

About
This Tour

Experience the best of Vietnam on this exclusive, 14-day adventure that takes you from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. Get swept away by the enchantment of Vietnam's verdant landscape as you learn the remarkable history behind this gem of Southeast Asia. Hike, bike, kayak, boat, and rickshaw your way through the unforgettable scenes of rice-terraced plains, cobblestone streets, and the fantastic aromas and flavors wafting on the Pacific breeze. Truly a feast for the senses awaits on this once-in-a-lifetime Vietnamese adventure!

Search for the endangered black-shanked douc (a blue-faced monkey) in Nui Chua National Park
Enjoy a gracious welcome into the homes of the locals at Rag Lai Village
Hike through the jungle in Bach Ma National Park to a thundering, 900-foot waterfall
Visit the Forbidden Purple City, constructed in the early 19th century by Emperor Gia Long
Sample a host of exotic regional specialties pho bo, nom, banh goi, banh cuon in Hanoi's Old Quarter
Kayak the island-speckled waters of Ha Long Bay, home to countless caves and fishing villages, before retiring to the comfort of your private small ship
cultural delights on this two-week multisport adventure.

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

14 days/13 nights

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (SGN); Hanoi, Vietnam (HAN)

Day 1: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh
Arrival in Ho Chi Minh
Overnight: Park Hyatt Hotel

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival to Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat Airport, your driver and guide will meet you and they will transfer you to your hotel. Check-in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

About the Park Hyatt Hotel
Experience the essence of the modern Vietnamese lifestyle at Park Hyatt Saigon, a 5-star hotel situated at Lam Son Square in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) center. This grand hotel in Saigon majestically rises nine stories above District 1, steps from the elegant Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, Ben Thanh Market, and other Saigon main tourist attractions, the exhibition centre and business district. Hyatt's 244 rooms & suites redefine urban luxury, blending sophisticated design and decor with the latest modern comforts.

Day 2: Visit Traditional Village
Visit Traditional Village
Meals Included:  B,L,D
Overnight: Forest Floor Lodge

This morning after breakfast, you will meet your driver and guide at the hotel and they will take you to Cat Tien National Park, located 150km north from Ho Chi Minh City. Cat Tien National Park has an area of about 720 km and protects one of the largest areas of lowland tropical rainforests in Vietnam. After 4 hours driving north, arrive to the Park, check-in at the lodge and enjoy lunch surrounded by nature. Around 15 pm we will start cycling towards the local village, located 13km away. We will visit one of the local families living there and after enjoying refreshments and exploring the surroundings we will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. On our way back we will have the opportunity to see wildlife. When we arrive to the lodge, we will have dinner and the rest of the evening will be free at your leisure.

About the Forest Floor Lodge
Forest Floor Eco-Lodge is a unique luxury hotel situated at park headquarters for Cat Tien National Park. The property provides quality deluxe accommodations meticulously designed to complement the local habitat and built with the least possible environmental impact. Accommodations include African style tents built upon reclaimed wooden structures accessed by elevated walkways lightly touching the forest floor. Each tent comes with a bathroom and a large balcony overlooking the beautiful Ben Cu Rapids. There are also splendid traditional wooden lodges set under the forest canopy and studio lodges.

Day 3: Explore Cat Tien National Park
Explore Cat Tien National Park
Meals Included:  B,L,D
Overnight: Forest Floor Lodge

This morning after breakfast, you will meet your driver and guide at the hotel and they will take you to Cat Tien National Park, located 150km north from Ho Chi Minh City. Cat Tien National Park has an area of about 720 km and protects one of the largest areas of lowland tropical rainforests in Vietnam. After 4 hours driving north, arrive to the Park, check-in at the lodge and enjoy lunch surrounded by nature. Around 15 pm we will start cycling towards the local village, located 13km away. We will visit one of the local families living there and after having refreshment and exploring the surroundings we will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. On our way back we will have the opportunity to witness wildlife. When we arrive to the lodge, we will have dinner and the rest of theAfter an early breakfast we will meet our local guide and follow the Lagerstroemia Trail: from Forest Floor Lodge the trail starts opposite the entrance and takes you through a well-used track with good examples of large trees (Lagerstroemia or Banglang and the well-known Thung or Tetrameles tree) with palms and cycads in the under-story. If you look up into the canopy you will see ferns and orchids; lianas and strangler vines are abundant. As with many trails, this is best walked in the early morning, before it becomes too hot and other people arrive, or in the late afternoon. Good possibilities of seeing pittas, partridge and other bird species.

At noon, we will have lunch. Later we will visit the Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre, located on a small island at the entrance of the park. The center specializes in the rescue; rehabilitation and release of endangered primates naturally found in the surrounding region and resident primates who have been victims of the illegal wildlife trade.

We will be back to the lodge around 4:30 p.m. and we will have the rest of the afternoon free at leisure. Dinner will take place at the lodge.
evening will be free at your leisure.

Day 4: Wild life viewing and Ninh Thuan transfer
Wild life viewing and Ninh Thuan transfer
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Amanoi Resort

Early morning (5:30 a.m.) you will walk through the Botanic Garden to Heaven Rapids. This walk gives you the good chance to see the primates and plenty of opportunities to see the wide variety of birds and other jungle life.
At 8 a.m., you will return to the Lodge where breakfast will be ready for you. After breakfast you will have a couple of hours to relax at their viewing platform, looking at the river, bird watching, and listening to the gibbons singing. Your guide and transfer will be waiting for you to head towards Ho Chi Minh City airport for your flight to Nha Trang. Upon arrival, you will be transfer to Amanoi hotel in Ninh Thuan.

Nui Chua National Park is originally a nature reserve, awarded national park status in 2003. With a total area of more than 29,000 hectares, as well as an adjacent marine reserve of over 7,300 hectares, Nui Chua National Park ranges from sea level to the summit of Nui Chua Peak at 1,039 meters. As a result, the park offers a number of different ecosystems and diverse flora and fauna. The interior is typical of a tropical dry forest, with streams carving their way through ravines and rocky outcrops surrounded by verdant vegetation. The park is home to at least 1,500 plant species, 160 bird species and 60 mammal species, including the endangered black-shanked douc - an Old World monkey.

About Amanoi Resort
Situated on one of Vietnam's most beautiful bays, Amanoi is a contemporary beach resort. Accommodations include 31 Pavilions, a number with private swimming pools, and five Aman Villas, all positioned on the hillside with impressive views. The design fuses contemporary elegance with traditional Vietnamese architectural styles. Views are either of Nui Chua National Park, the lake on the property, or Vinh Hy Bay and the East Sea. Pavilions are identical in layout and design, and each offers a combined living and sleeping area, as well as a timber sundeck with sun loungers. Features include a king-size bed, sofa, writing desk, LCD TV with international channels, sound docking system, wireless Internet, mini-bar and espresso machine.

Day 5: Explore Ninh Thuan
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Amanoi Resort

Free time at leisure or an optional tour.

Optional Tour: In the afternoon, start heading from your hotel to Caugay Bridge. Upon arrival, we will start a trek of five kilometers. On our way we will pass by the Rag Lai Ethnic Village where we may stop and meet the local villagers. We will trek up to the summit where the views are simply breathtaking and amazing. We will stay here for a while to take in the scenery. Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the local villagers living up at the summit. Later, we will start trekking back to the car and we will be taken to the hotel.

Day 6: Explore Ninh Thuan
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Amanoi Resort

Free time at leisure or an optional tour.

Optional Tour: In the afternoon, start heading from your hotel to Caugay Bridge. Upon arrival, we will start a trek of five kilometers. On our way we will pass by the Rag Lai Ethnic Village where we may stop and meet the local villagers. We will trek up to the summit where the views are simply breathtaking and amazing. We will stay here for a while to take in the scenery. Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the local villagers living up at the summit. Later, we will start trekking back to the car and we will be taken to the hotel.

Day 7: Transfer to Hue and enjoy free time
Transfer to Hue and enjoy free time
Meals Included:  B

This morning after breakfast we will start heading to Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat Airport for your flight to Hue. Upon arrival to Hue, meet your driver and guide and transfer to the hotel. Check-in and enjoy the rest of the day free at your leisure.

About Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa
Nestled on the shore of a peaceful and serene lagoon, with stunning views across one of the largest lagoons in Southeast Asia, Vedana Lagoon Resort has the first over-water villas in Vietnam. The resort is as warm and inviting as it is fresh and full of vision. Each of the villas and bungalows are individualized and has their own private sundeck and a balcony that leads out onto the immense lagoon or into a private garden.

Day 8: Discover Bach Ma National Park
Discover Bach Ma National Park
Meals Included:  B, L

Upon arrival to Hue, your local guide and transfer will meet you and they will take you to Bach Ma National Park, situated in the area of Phu Loc, 60 km south from Hue. This area is well known for its wonderful natural landscape as well as the fresh atmosphere. On arrival at the entrance, you will visit Bach Ma's information Center to learn about the ecological system of Bach Ma National Park. You will trek along the trails to Ngu Ho (Five Lakes), relaxing and swimming in the jungle. Picnic lunch is served. Later, continue the trekking through the forest to Do Quyen - Rhododendron waterfalls (at the height of 300 meters). In the afternoon, drive back to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening free at leisure.

Day 9: Forbidden City tour
Meals Included:  B

After an early breakfast, you will meet your guide and driver at 8:30 a.m. and you will visit the Forbidden Purple City, constructed under the Emperor Gia Long's, in the early 19th century. It is located in the Citadel of Hue, which was badly damaged during the Tet offensive of 1968. Established as the capital of unified Viet Nam in 1802, Hue was not only the political but also the cultural and religious center under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. Hue was declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1993. At noon, we will stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Later, you will board a dragon boat for a pleasant boat trip on the Perfume River to visit the characteristic Thien Mu Pagoda. Then, you will visit the tombs of the emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Tu Duc was Vietnam's fourth emperor and lived from 1829 until 1883. During his reign, Vietnam lost its independence to France. Tu Duc is said to have had 104 concubines. Khai Dinh King was Vietnam's Emperor from 1916 to 1925. His tomb represents a fusion of traditional Vietnamese style and modern influence, as it is almost entirely made of concrete and includes many European architectural details. Next, and if time allows for it you will have a short cyclo drive to Dong Ba market (6:30am to 8:00pm) for shopping and experiencing the local culture at the market. Here you can buy souvenirs, especially the typical Hue palm-leaf conical hat.

Day 10: Tour Hanoi's Old Quarter
Tour Hanoi
Meals Included:  B, L

After enjoying the morning free at leisure, meet your driver and guide and head to Hue's airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival to Hanoi, check-in at the hotel and get ready for a half day tour in Hanoi's Old Quarter.

Vietnam is very well known for its food, so a stop to try some specialties is a must. In the old quarter you will try Pho Bo (Hanoi's excellent beef noodle soup), Nom (green papaya salad with seasoned beef), Banh Goi (Pillow-shaped pastry with minced pork and mushroom), Banh Cuon (hot rice paper with pork and fried onion) or Bun Cha (fresh noodle with grilled pork).

After our super local lunch, we will visit the Temple of Literature, built in 1076. Vietnam's first university was established within this temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for 700 years and it's gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam's past.

Next, we will head towards Quan Thanh Temple, a Taoist Temple dated from the 11th Century and end with the impressive Tran Quoc Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda located in a small island in the center of the West Lake.

About Sofitel Legend Metropole
Step back into history at Hanoi's most storied 5-star hotel. Relax in luxury hotel rooms and suites that have welcomed many of the world's greatest luminaries. Retreat to the finest heritage accommodation of Hanoi's French Quarter in the historic Metropole Wing. Or discover the Neo Classical luxury accommodation of the Opera Wing. All rooms feature plush Sofitel MyBeds and high tech fittings.

Day 11: Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay
Meals Included:  B, L, D

At 8:15 a.m. you will be picked up from your hotel to Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world's largest marine limestone karts landscape. Welcome aboard and sail through Ha Long Bay. Allow your eyes to swim through the azure waters of this magical place, where thousands of sculpted limestone and islands rise from the water like gigantic teeth of dragons. Pass through picturesque areas like the Mat Quy and Am islets. A delectable buffet lunch is served shortly upon boarding and you find yourself getting acquainted with the facilities of the boat. The boat starts to cruise into the Bay and within the first hour you can enjoy this World Heritage Site. A first visit will take our guests by tender to the Tien Ong Cave. The Cave is huge - about 2.000 sqm and is peppered with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, formed out of ancient limestone karsts about 700,000 years ago. The cave is four meters above sea level. This visit will last approximately 20 minutes (we strongly recommend that you wear athletic shoes for this expedition).

The voyage continues with the arrival at the Cua Van Fishing Village, the biggest and oldest fishing village in Halong Bay via a pleasant boat ride (a maximum of four persons per boat). You will pass by this ancient village which comprises floating houses and floating schools - simply irresistible. After returning to the boat in the late afternoon sharpen your culinary skills at our cooking class performance conducted by our energetic chef. Surely you can give him a helping hand any time and try your skills in preparing special Vietnamese dishes.

At approximately 19.00h guests can attend a presentation in the restaurant area about Ha Long Bay before dinner is served. The night is yours - kick back on a comfy pillowed bench and inhale the surreal beauty whilst sipping a glass of wine. Not many places in the world offer those special feelings. The mooring place is a fantastic overnight spot with glittering lights from the other boats and a calm sea, perfect for your first dream in the middle of the Bay where once Dragons played amid sparkling jewels.

About Heritage Line Jasmine Cruise
Visitors looking for both comfort and adventure in Halong Bay will appreciate the Jasmine's friendly crew and understated elegance. With 23 cabins, the Jasmine is built in the style of a traditional Vietnamese junk, with three tawny sails and dark wood-cladding. Guests can convene in the formal dining room, enjoy casual barbecues on the terrace and marvel at the bay's moonlit beauty on the Jasmine's wide Sundeck.

Day 12: Cruising Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Island
Cruising Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Island
Meals Included:  B,L,D

Today, you will embark on our day boat - the Sunset. You will cruise to the Bay's untouched areas, deep in Lan Ha Bay.
Take a light bike ride along the coast line of Cat Ba, through the rain forest to the Viet Hai village.

A. If weather conditions are good:
A breakfast is served in the cozy restaurant while the sunrise moves deeper into the Bay straight towards Cat Ba Island. The nature is simply marvelous in this area of the Bay.
We arrive at Viet Hai dock and take a leisure bicycle ride along the water front, passing forests and a stone tunnel on the way to the Viet Hai Village. We explore the village with its traditional houses and it's charming residents. You may take a short walk to the surrounding jungle. The journey continues to the local primary school (Heritage Line supports this school with teaching equipment). A memorable way of interacting with the children in the classroom is to become their substitute teacher or sing along with the kids - if you dare.
After this, guests cycle back to the dock and board the junk. The cruise continues unhurried to Ho Ba Ham. During this slow trundle, lunch is served. At this secluded area guests may kayak through water tunnels and close to stunning rocks and islets. This beautiful lagoon allows you to jump from the boat or visit a quiet beach for a refreshing bath. Back on board take your seat on the sun deck and simply lose yourself in the natural beauty on the way back to your mother junk for your second night.

B. If weather conditions are not good (strong waves prohibit cruising to Viet Hai Village)
In the morning, the Sunset crew welcomes all guests from Ginger, Jasmine and Violet. A breakfast is served in the cozy restaurant while the Sunrise moves deeper into the Bay straight to Cat Ba Island. Even if the weather might not be great the Bay offers mysterious views and photo opportunities from the sun deck.
Kayak and swim at the Hai Quan lagoon area and get in touch with the Bay. Before midday, we cruise to the "Surprise Cave". Lunch will be served in the restaurant of the Sunset. After lunch, guests visit the "Surprise Cave" or they can engage in kayaking around the Luon cave tunnel. In the afternoon, the Sunset cruises back via several Ha Long Bay sights - Cua Van fishing village - Soi Sim - Dau Xuoi channel and Toad Islet - before boarding the mother junk again for the overnight.

Day 13: Ha Long Bay and Back to Hanoi
Ha Long Bay and Back to Hanoi
Meals Included:  B

Early birds can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Then it is time for an early morning bath - in the Bay. By tender boat we bring the guests to a natural white sandy stretch of a beach with crystal clear water. Sporty ones can climb up to a hill top to have a last view from above over the Halong Bay before we return to the boat and cruise slowly back to Halong City, passing picturesque areas like the Ti Top Island, the Tam Cung Cave and Poem Mountain. Meanwhile, a buffet brunch will be served before we arrive to the shore. Upon arrival to Tuan Chau Pier, meet your driver and guide and head towards Hanoi. Upon arrival to Hanoi, around 5 p.m., check-in at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening free at your leisure.

Day 14: Hanoi departure
Meals Included:  B

Enjoy the morning free at leisure until your driver and guide meet you and transfer you to the airport for your flight back home. We hope you had a great time in Vietnam

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  • Double occupancy, air-conditioned suite with panoramic windows and private bath.
  • Fully trained, bilingual, professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Any necessary equipment - all safe and well maintained.
  • All excursions.
  • Transfer to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights.
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A FEW MORE REASONS WHY YOU'VE GOTTA GO...
  • 1. The traffic: Mopeds, bicycles, cars, oh my! There is nothing quite as thrilling as crossing a street in Ho Chi Minh City. Look to the locals for the best way to walk.
  • 2. The food: A combination of Thai and Chinese styles, Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines on the planet, featuring fresh herbs, seafood, fruits and vegetables and, of course, rice.
  • 3. The biodiversity: Vietnam is home to 16% of the world's species!
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With accommodations like the Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa, explore the wonders of Vietnam by day and enjoy ultimate relaxation at night.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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